Scripture Verse

His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:2

Introduction

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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Words: Cos­mas the Me­lo­dist, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Χο­ρός ’Ισ­ρα­ήλ). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Hymns of the East­ern Church, 1862.

Music: Au­re­lia Sam­u­el S. Wes­ley, in A Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), num­ber 122 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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God Speaks to Israel at Sinai
Gerard Hoet (1648–1733)

Lyrics

In days of old on Sinai
The Lord Almighty came
In majesty of terror,
In thunder cloud and flame:
On Tabor, with the glory
Of sunniest light for vest,
The excellence of beauty
In Jesus was expressed.

All light created paled there,
And did Him worship meet;
The sun itself adored Him,
And bowed before His feet;
While Moses and Elias,
Upon the holy mount,
The co-eternal glory
Of Christ our God recount.

O holy, wondrous vision!
But what when, this life past,
The beauty of Mount Tabor
Shall end in Heav’n at last?
But what when all the glory
Of uncreated light
Shall be the promised guerdon
Of them that win the fight?